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Imran J.

Imran J.

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One of the best AM4 Motherboards out there

GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K7 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K7 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This board seems to have most of the features you could ask for in an AM4 motherboard, while not being too expensive like some of the other high end AM4 boards recently released. Ports and headers are all placed in good spots, while the board itself has a really nice sturdy feel to it. Once I put my system together everything booted up fine and I was able to make necessary tweaks in BIOS without too much hassle. I'm running the beta f3b BIOS at the moment without any instability. BCLK overclocking is a plus but I haven't had much time to play around with it. If you're building a system for looks then you should definitely consider this board. I didn't buy this board because of the LED's but now that I see them in person I am glad I did. The pictures don't do the lighting justice because the board looks lovely in a well organized case, and the LED's set to your favourite colour.

Cons: There is one major flaw with this board (and other AM4 Gigabyte motherboard models) currently that some users have been experiencing at the moment. Sometimes when you power the PC down through Windows (or any OS I guess) the system will not be able to power back up. The power led on the board will be off, and pushing the power button will do nothing. You will think that your board has bricked. This happened to me and I thought that somehow my motherboard had bricked overnight somehow. Swapping out power supplies, taking everything out and putting it back in didn't do anything to revive the PC. I was ready to RMA the board until I read about the same problem that a Reddit user was having. The solution is to unplug the PSU from the outlet, remove the CMOS battery, and then hold the motherboard power button (the one above the DIMM slots) for about 1-2 minutes. Once you pop the battery back in and plug it in the PC should boot up fine. This has happened to me once so I don't know if it is a one time thing, or if it is a flaw with the board. Hopefully it will be fixed with a BIOS update. - Not a major flaw, but I wish this board supported P State overclocking. - The Latest BIOS version is still in beta, and some of the Gigabyte apps are still quite buggy (like the RGB fusion app).

Overall Review: Most AM4 motherboards are having their own issues at the moment, and with Ryzen being new to the game there will be growing pains regardless of which motherboard you go with. Things should improve over the next few months so if you're going to take the plunge and put together an AM4 system then I would recommend this board.

Great way to spruce up that boring old heatsink

Noctua NA-HC1 chromax.black.swap, Heatsink Cover for NH-U12S, NH-U12S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S DX-3647 & NH-U12S SE-AM4 (Black)
Noctua NA-HC1 chromax.black.swap, Heatsink Cover for NH-U12S, NH-U12S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S DX-3647 & NH-U12S SE-AM4 (Black)

Pros: If you are someone who is into making a good looking build with some kind of coordinated colour scheme, and own a compatible Noctua air cooler then you definitely should pick up this cover. I didn't think a simple piece of metal on the heatsink of my U12S cooler could make such a difference to the aesthetics of my build but it really did upgrade the look of the entire build greatly. After putting the cover on you will realize how that boring old shiny metal look of the heatsink was holding your build back from coming together. Installation takes about one minute as all you have to do is pop a plastic piece on to the heatsink, and then put the metal cover on to the plastic piece.

Cons: Not really a major issue but the top and bottom portions of the cover do not sit flat on the heatsink because of the clips that hold the fan on the heatsink are in the way. A little surprised that Noctua didn't take the fan clips into account.

Overall Review: I picked up a couple of Noctua chormax.black.swap NF-F12 fans to put in push pull config on my U12S and used the red anti vibration corners to match the red insert on the heatsink cover. It really does bring my red themed build together quite nicely without going the AIO route. One little nitpick is that I wish they didn't write "Chromax By Noctua" on the cover in white text as it stands out a bit. I would have rather just had it say 'Noctua' or even just had the owl logo.

11/20/2017

Great RAM for Ryzen builds + look amazing

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C14D-16GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C14D-16GTZR

Pros: First of all even if you aren't a fan of the entire RGB trend going on in the PC part world, you will appreciate the look of these RAM sticks. There is just something pleasing to the eye about the lighting they produce, especially when you select the colour style that you like. Secondly these being Samsung B-die modules, they will work at stock speeds with most Ryzen motherboards (well 2933mhz to be exact). I had no issue booting up with these set at 2933mhz and 14-14-14-34 latency with my Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K7 motherboard.

Cons: I'm not going to take an egg off for this because it's not a major issue, but the G.Skill software to set the LEDs on the RAM sticks is still in beta, and quite buggy at the moment. Every now and then the software will crash causing your memory to forget the way you set your LEDs.